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Will, and can, the legislature still impeach Cuomo?

Aug 11, 2021 2:02 pm

Joshua Solomon reports in the Times Union that since Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned one of the unanswered questions is whether the legislature will continue with impeachment proceedings and vote against Cuomo holding office again. One educator believes that is not possible. "According to our constitution, they can continue to investigate because they started that process, but they can't impeach him because he's resigned," said Leonard Cutler, Siena College political science chair and an expert in constitutional law. State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said she is continuing to prepare for a potential impeachment trial, but did admit that more research is being done. "I think we'll know more in the next few days," said Stewart-Cousins on Aug. 10. There is some precedent on this issue that might be relevant since the impeachment investigation against Cuomo has begun. In 1913 Assemblymember Aaron J. Levy, said he was "not empowered" to drop the impeachment in exchange for a resignation. He is quoted as being asked whether to let Gov. William Sulzer resign to "save himself the indignity and humiliation of a needless trial." He said, "No, I wouldn't." Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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